Tere O'Connor Dance

Recorded at Jacob's Pillow: 
July 18, 2013

Tere O'Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created more than 35 works for his New York-based company. The company first performed at the Pillow in 1989 and O'Connor's work has since been presented here by Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. In addition to White Oak, he has created dances for other companies throughout the world including the Lyon Opera Ballet and De Rotterdamse Dansgroep. In her program notes for the performances excerpted here, Deborah Jowitt wrote, "Ambiguity is woven into the layers of his dances, and meaning slips around like a fish in a pond—now disappearing into murky depths, now rising to glint in the light." O'Connor has acknowledged that the impetus for Cover Boy was the closeted gay experience, and Jowitt suggests that we might see "struggle, clandestine encounters, effort, bravura, sensuality, watchfulness" embedded in the multi-layered movement.

Dance Title: Cover Boy
Choreography: Tere O'Connor (2011)
Music: James Baker
Performers: Michael Ingle, Matthew Rogers